County Corner May 12, 2016

May 12 | County Corner May 12, 2016

What is that “DART” bus running in the County? DART is an acronym for “DeSoto-Arcadia Regional Transit”, a public transportation system.  There are two buses that run alternately on a deviated fixed route to provide affordable DeSoto Arcadia Regional Transit (DART) bus commuter public transportation system Arcadia Floridatransportation for people who choose to use a low cost means of transportation, for those who don’t have access to other means of transportation, or for any other reason!   The public system is the result of a long term mobility project that has been underway for a number of years.  The project is operated by the County and funded by specific federal and state sources, matching programs and a modest fare charge of just $.50 per ride, per person! To date, the County has not utilized any portion of general or special tax revenue to fund this system. It is a public system that anyone can utilize to get to and/or from a number of locations such as shopping centers, health facilities and neighborhoods.  A system map and schedule can be found on the County’s website at, simply click on the “DART” icon The system operates 6 days a week, Monday – Saturday from 7:30 am to 6:30pm.

The system serves a variety of users and averages 1,400 trips per month; but has the capacity to serve many more users throughout the day.  The buses also serve as traveling Billboards for local businesses and services.  If you are interested in advertising, all funds support the operation of the system and advertising is offered on an annual basis.  If you are interested in advertising on the buses, contact Ms. Peggy Waters, Social Services Director or Ms. Sylvia Altman, social services specialist, at 863-993-4858, and remember, if you need a ride, “We’ll Take You There”

The DART system is just one of many services managed within the Social Services Department.  Other services include housing rehabilitation programs, first time home-buyer down payment assistance programs, and electric deposits and payment assistance programs.  In addition, the department administers the Health Care Responsibility Act and unclaimed body/indigent burial program.  All of the programs, with the exception of DART, have specific qualification criteria.  If you or someone you know needs assistance, our friendly staff can provide you the criteria and information you may need.  You can learn more about a number of programs on the Social Services Department Home page.

Mandy Hines

County Administrator


As published in The Arcadian May 12, 2016